HVIA mourns passing of Des Mitchell

Then-CVIAQ founding member went on to become association president

HVIA mourns passing of Des Mitchell
Des Mitchell


Des Mitchell, former founding member and president of the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ), passed away on February 1, age 83.

The CVIAQ was established in 1970 before becoming a national body in 2015 as the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA).

Mitchell was an active committee member during the 1970s before being elected president of the association in 1979. 

He worked for the Brown and Hurley Group from 1964 to 1989, including as dealer principal of the Brisbane branch.

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Mitchell was also part of the group of industry identities responsible for the development and subsequent organisation of the inaugural 1968 Queensland Truck Show held in the yards of Haulmark Trailers, HVIA notes.

"His commitment to the industry provided the foundation for the future success of the show, taking it from strength to strength throughout the 1970s," the peak body says.

"In 2008, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Brisbane Truck Show, CVIAQ bestowed upon Mr Mitchell and the other members of the original show organising committee, the Association’s Industry Recognition Award in acknowledgement to the group’s contribution to the development of the show."

A service was held on February 7.

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